Saturday February 9, 2013 Day 26 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Newcastle United

  • Bale 5’, 78’
  • Gouffran 24’

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    Premier League - Bale brace downs Newcastle

    Gareth Bale continued his impressive run of form with two goals in a 2-1 victory for Tottenham at home to Newcastle. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Newcastle United
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    • 90+9' FULL TIME. Bale's stellar performance delivers a victory for Spurs that puts them ahead of Chelsea in third.
    • 90+8' Bale drifts across the face of the goal and past two men before his low angled drive is tipped wide by Krul! He could have had five today.
    • 90+7' What a miss! Bale passes up the chance for a hat-trick when he thumps a volley over an open goal from eight yards out!
    • 90+5' Bale gets the ball on the right and squares for Livermore, who sees his effort blocked.
    • 90+4' Chance for Newcastle! Ameobi ghosts in at the back post to meet a loose ball but Lloris rushes off his line to block behind for a corner.
    • 90+3' Jake Livermore replaces the injured Dembele.
    • 90+1' We will have seven added minutes - mostly due to Gouffran's injury.
    • 90' Cabaye could have been given a red card for that - it was a very dangerous challenge and now Dembele is hobbling off the pitch.
    • 89' Cabaye goes into the book for a crunching tackle on Dembele. His boot caught the Belgian on the ankle and that was a nasty one.
    • 88' Another driving run from Bale takes him past two men before Krul throws out an arm to tip his fierce effort over the bar.
    • 86' Newcastle make their final change as Shola Ameobi comes on for Gutierrez.
    • 84' Stat from Infostrada: "Gareth Bale has now scored all of Tottenham’s goals in the last 3 PL matches totalling 4 goals."
    • 82' Here is the change as Perch is replaced by Tiote.
    • 81' Krul completely misses the corner from Bale but Caulker sends the ball wide via his shoulder!
    • 80' Walker almost skips free down the right but Santon slides in to clear behind for a corner.
    • 79' Here come Spurs again and this time Coloccini does deal with a pass through to Lennon. It really was awful defending from the Newcastle backline for Bale's second goal.
    • 78' GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle! It's that man Bale again! He surges in to pounce on a loose ball after Taylor and Coloccini fail to deal with it and beats Krul with a classy finish from an angle.
    • 78' Perch has taken a knock to his foot and Cheick Tiote appears to be getting ready.
    • 77' This has been a rather poor second half, it must be said.
    • 76' Now it is the turn of Cabaye to threaten as he drills a shot over the bar from 25 yards.
    • 75' Bale saunters through the Newcastle midfield and tries to fire in a shot with his right boot. Taylor, who has played well today, does excellently to stick a boot in and clear.
    • 74' Spurs make another change with Benoit Assou-Ekotto on for Naughton at left-back.
    • 73' Lots of nervous tension around White Hart Lane as Spurs go for the winner.
    • 71' Naughton chops down Cisse by the touchline to give Newcastle a free-kick in an advanced position.
    • 70' Taylor marauds forward for Newcastle and tries to scoop a pass over the top of the Spurs defence like he is Xavi or something. It doesn't quite come off.
    • 69' Here comes a change though as Adebayor comes on for Holtby.
    • 68' Bale looked like he would have to go off but he's up on his feet again.
    • 67' Bale is down injured after a nasty incident. Perch slid in on him and the Welshman went over on his ankle.
    • 66' Confusion in the Spurs defence as Caulker collides with a team-mate when heading away a cross from Cabaye.
    • 64' Good goalkeeping from Krul as he comes decisively for a corner. Newcastle are proving highly resistant at present.
    • 63' Stat from Infostrada: "Tottenham’s last three PL defeats have come after they opened the scoring. However, all three defeats were away at Man City, Arsenal and Everton."
    • 62' Lennon and Bale drive Spurs forward again but Newcastle hold firm. Now Dempsey can't find space for a shot as he advances into the box.
    • 60' Lennon combines well with Walker to escape down the line but Coloccini does well to intervene to cut out the cross.
    • 59' Here is the change as Sylvain Marveaux replaces Gouffran on the left of the Newcastle attack.
    • 58' Gouffran is still down as the medics place him carefully on a stretcher.
    • 56' Gouffran has been cut on the lower leg and is now taking on oxygen as he is in so much pain. It looks as though the impact of Walker's foot might have given him a nasty blow on the shin.
    • 55' He picked up the injury in a challenge with Walker and a stretcher comes on to take him off the pitch.
    • 54' Gouffran is down requiring treatment after taking a knock on the foot.
    • 53' Dempsey spins to find space 30 yards from goal and rifles in a decent effort that is right down the throat of Krul, who grabs it at the second attempt.
    • 52' Bale heads clear from a Cabaye corner but Newcastle regain possession and a rather unconventional shot off the side of Taylor's boot loops up into the arms of Lloris.
    • 50' Parker and Dempsey combine before the ball pops up to Holtby, but his shot on the volley is blocked.
    • 49' A good start to the second half for the home side as they seek a win to maintain their strong challenge for a Champions League spot.
    • 48' Now Walker finds space for Spurs but his ball into the box is poor and Krul collects.
    • 47' Nice work from the sprightly Lennon as he gets away from his man before pulling a dangerous cross across the box. There's no one there to convert though.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Goals from Bale and Gouffran have us level at 1-1.
    • 45' We will have one added minute at White Hart Lane.
    • 44' Bale and Naughton both lose possession as Spurs twice attempt to attack down the left flank.
    • 43' The delivery is decent but Taylor heads away.
    • 42' Santon puts in a fine challenge to prevent Lennon from skipping around him. Another corner to Spurs and Holtby will take it.
    • 41' Dempsey arrows a neat shot towards the top corner but Taylor gets his head in the way. Corner to Spurs, and Newcastle clear.
    • 40' Bale is drifting into a more central area in an attempt to influence play. He is comfortable doing that.
    • 38' Now Holtby is guilty of a sloppy moment but Cisse fails to find Jonas Gutierrez as Bale slides in to intervene.
    • 37' Tottenham get away with a loose pass from Dembele as Dawson cleans up when Cisse tries to take advantage.
    • 36' Cabaye never needs an excuse to have a shot and after collecting a free ball 30 yards out his drilled effort is deflected wide by Dawson. Corner to Newcastle, but it goes wasted.
    • 35' Stat from Infostrada: "Gouffran’s goal is Newcastle’s first at White Hart Lane in the PL since Obafemi Martin’s scored their last goal in a 4-1 away win in March 2008."
    • 33' Bale surges forward to meet a Kyle Naughton pass down the line but his square ball doesn't find either Dempsey or Holtby.
    • 32' A lovely drag and cross from Parker but Coloccini heads it away. That was a classy touch from the England international.
    • 31' Lennon is free at the back post when the corner arrives but the ball bounces over the tiny winger and out for a throw.
    • 30' Wonderful pass from Holtby to find Bale on the left and his first-time cross is deflected behind by Cabaye for a corner.
    • 29' A quieter period of the game as Spurs hog possession.
    • 27' Stat from Infostrada: "Newcastle have only come back to win one match in the last 27 months from a losing position. However, that was in their last match, a 3-2 home win v Chelsea."
    • 26' Another poor clearance from Krul almost has Newcastle in trouble. Now Taylor blocks a shot from Bale with his chest. Spurs back on top.
    • 25' Lennon fires in a cross from the right and the ball strikes the forearm of Santon. Not a terrible shout for a penalty but it was a bit close to be construed as deliberate.
    • 24' GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle! Gouffran pulls the visitors level! Sissoko plays him in with a low ball from the right and the forward thumps in a shot that takes a big deflection off the back of Dawson to wrong-foot Lloris.
    • 23' Spurs are playing some good football but often their moves are breaking down because Parker doesn't quite have the same quality on the ball.
    • 22' Cisse pulls free again but this time is offside when getting away from Caulker to bring down a lofted pass.
    • 21' Stat from Opta: "27 points and a goal difference of -11 is Newcastle United’s worst ever record in the Premier League after 25 games of a season."
    • 20' Now Holtby finds a pocket of space on the edge of the box and curls a first-time effort just over from Lennon's pass from the right. The German has looked very bright so far.
    • 19' Cisse pulls off Caulker at the back post and is free to meet a ball from Coloccini, however he directs his header back across goal and wide of the post. Big chance for Newcastle.
    • 18' Kyle Walker attempts a rather ambitious pass round the back of the defence for Dempsey before Gouffran does likewise for Cisse. Neither can find their man though.
    • 17' Spurs surge forward after Parker robs Cisse but Holtby skews his effort off target when receiving a square pass from Steven Caulker.
    • 16' Coloccini gets his head to a Cabaye corner but Spurs eventually get the ball clear. A rare moment of threat from Newcastle.
    • 15' Bale pulls away into space on the left but strays offside when the ball is pinged out to him.
    • 14' What lovely football. Lennon and Holtby produce two gorgeous first-time touches before Scott Parker ruins things by failing to find Dempsey with a through-ball.
    • 13' Krul dallies over a clearance and strikes the ball against Dempsey, but Bale is halted when he tries to do something with the loose ball.
    • 12' Newcastle fail to make anything of the subsequent corner as Bale heads away for Spurs.
    • 11' Gouffran collects a long ball over the top of the defence and tries to play in Santon, only to be denied by a tremendous sliding tackle from Aaron Lennon, of all people.
    • 10' Moussa Dembele cuts in from the right and a defender's leg deflects the ball out to Holtby, who meets it with a curling first-time effort that flies narrowly over the bar.
    • 8' Newcastle haven't had a sniff at all so far - a very composed performance from Tottenham.
    • 7' Replays show that James Perch should really have blocked the attempt by jumping in the wall. A touch cowardly, but then who wants to take a ball hit by Bale in the face?
    • 6' Did you expect anything else? What a player. That's his 12th goal of the season in 23 appearances. He might not be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, as Jeff Stelling said this week, but he's not a million miles away.
    • 5' GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle! Bale steps up and curls a delightful free-kick into the bottom corner. It is inch-perfect.
    • 4' Dempsey spins round Fabricio Coloccini and wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Bale is lining this one up...
    • 3' Now Spurs aim a long free-kick out to Bale on the left. Their strategy today is no secret, and that early, early chance will give them hope of a good afternoon.
    • 2' BIG CHANCE! Bale plays a one-two with Holtby to get free on the left and whips in a vicious low cross that Dempsey only just fails to convert from six yards out Davide Santon gets the ball clear for Newcastle.
    • 2' Bale is playing on the left of the Tottenham attack with Holtby tucked up in behind Dempsey.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 12:45 Here come the teams on a crisp afternoon at White Hart Lane. Newcastle in their change kit and Spurs resplendent in their traditional white.
    • 12:40 Should be a good game today: two confident, positive sides who play enterprising football. Fancy a 2-1 win to Spurs, with Gareth Bale relishing the chance to get forward in attack.
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    • 12:30 Some quick Opta stats for you: "Newcastle have lost each of their last three Premier League trips to White Hart Lane without scoring a single goal. The Magpies have won just one of their last 11 Premier League trips to the capital (W1 D2 L8). Spurs have managed to net just one goal in the first half of their last 11 Premier League games."
    • 12:25 All eyes on Sissoko in the Newcastle side as the midfielder has one assist and two goals in two games since joining the club from Toulouse. Even AVB said his signing was a fine piece of work for Newcastle. Sissoko signing a massive coup - AVB
    • 12:20 Tottenham are unbeaten in nine Premier League games, although they have drawn three of their previous four. With Jermain Defoe injured and Adebayor not ready to start, their dearth of options in attack is a concern as they aim to protect a three-point lead over fifth-placed Everton, and a four-point lead over Arsenal.
    • 12:15 Newcastle, meanwhile, are unsurprisingly unchanged from the side that beat Chelsea 3-2 last weekend with Alan Pardew's side hoping for a third consecutive win since the arrivals of Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran.
    • 12:10 So Holtby makes his full debut for Spurs but after a late return from the African Cup of Nations Emmanuel Adebayor is only ready for a place on the bench. That means Holtby, Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale will share attacking duties.
    • 12:05 Team news: Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Holtby, Dempsey, Bale. Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Adebayor /// Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez, Sissoko; Gouffran, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Tiote, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi
    • 12:00 Hello and welcome to our live commentary from White Hart Lane as Lewis Holtby makes his full debut for Tottenham.
  • Summary

    • 90+8' Bale drifts across the face of the goal and past two men before his low angled drive is tipped wide by Krul! He could have had five today.
    • 90+7' What a miss! Bale passes up the chance for a hat-trick when he thumps a volley over an open goal from eight yards out!
    • 90+4' Chance for Newcastle! Ameobi ghosts in at the back post to meet a loose ball but Lloris rushes off his line to block behind for a corner.
    • 88' Another driving run from Bale takes him past two men before Krul throws out an arm to tip his fierce effort over the bar.
    • 81' Krul completely misses the corner from Bale but Caulker sends the ball wide via his shoulder!
    • 78' GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle! It's that man Bale again! He surges in to pounce on a loose ball after Taylor and Coloccini fail to deal with it and beats Krul with a classy finish from an angle.
    • 75' Bale saunters through the Newcastle midfield and tries to fire in a shot with his right boot. Taylor, who has played well today, does excellently to stick a boot in and clear.
    • 53' Dempsey spins to find space 30 yards from goal and rifles in a decent effort that is right down the throat of Krul, who grabs it at the second attempt.
    • 24' GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle! Gouffran pulls the visitors level! Sissoko plays him in with a low ball from the right and the forward thumps in a shot that takes a big deflection off the back of Dawson to wrong-foot Lloris.
    • 20' Now Holtby finds a pocket of space on the edge of the box and curls a first-time effort just over from Lennon's pass from the right. The German has looked very bright so far.
    • 19' Cisse pulls off Caulker at the back post and is free to meet a ball from Coloccini, however he directs his header back across goal and wide of the post. Big chance for Newcastle.
    • 10' Moussa Dembele cuts in from the right and a defender's leg deflects the ball out to Holtby, who meets it with a curling first-time effort that flies narrowly over the bar.
    • 5' GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle! Bale steps up and curls a delightful free-kick into the bottom corner. It is inch-perfect.
    • 2' BIG CHANCE! Bale plays a one-two with Holtby to get free on the left and whips in a vicious low cross that Dempsey only just fails to convert from six yards out Davide Santon gets the ball clear for Newcastle.
    • 12:05 Team news: Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Holtby, Dempsey, Bale. Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Adebayor /// Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez, Sissoko; Gouffran, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Tiote, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi
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